FSA Notes

FSA Notes by Keith Zanter The 2000 Agricultural Appropriations Act included $1.3 billion for the Crop Disaster Program. The program will assist farmers who suffered losses to 1999 crops due to a natural disaster condition. The program covers losses on insured crops, uninsured crops and non-insurable crops.

In order to qualify, a producer must have had a greater than 35 percent loss to be eligible on a farm unit. Units will be established similar to crop insurance units. Losses will be calculated on the higher of the producer's crop insurance APH or the established five-year county average yield.

Losses on prevented planting acres will be calculated separately from planted acres, however, producers must have been prevented from planting at least 20 percent of the intended acreage on the unit or a contiguous 20 acre block in order to qualify.

The Crop Disaster Program and Crop Insurance Industry basically use the same criteria for calculating losses. Therefore, if you received a payment from crop insurance, then, you will likely qualify for a Crop Disaster Program payment.

Sign-up began on Dec. 13, 1999 and ends Feb. 25. Please call 605-624-7060 Ext. #2 for an appointment or to receive additional information.

Dates to remember

Feb. 11 � Deadline to apply for the CRP sign-up 20

Feb. 21 � Office will be closed in observance of President's Day

Feb. 25 � Deadline to apply for the Crop Loss Program.

USDA is an equal opportunity employer and lender.

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